This past week has been an interesting one. I've been watching the reactions across the country to the snow that has been falling and I'm really not very impressed. When did we as a country become so helpless? When did a couple feet of snow become a federal disaster? It's winter time, snow happens. When I was a child living in Chicago, we had a big snowstorm. The drifts were over the eaves of the house, all the roads were buried in snow and my Dad took the Fire Chief to the Firehouse on a snowmobile (he lived next door). I remember my Dad keeping the chimney clear of snow, checking the roof, etc. We did not run out of food or water and we didn't freeze even tho my brother and I tried very hard to buy ourselves in snowdrifts. The National Guard did not come and patrol the streets for us either. So what happened to this country since then? When, exactly, did people quit taking care of themselves and doing things for themselves? When did we lose the ability to even think for ourselves? Our ancestors, parked in log cabins in the middle of nowhere without paved roads and a horse for their transportation seemed to be able to live thru 3' of snow every single winter. Why can't we?
Maybe I've got a slightly skewed view of the world, who knows. The thought of having the National Guard showing up to "help" me is insulting. The whole point of working toward living self sustained is to be exactly that, self sustained. I put some serious attention and effort into feeding myself so I don't ever run out of food. I've made decisions that have intentionally reduced my dependence on the electric company, the water company and any other service that others find themselves unable to live without. It was a conscious effort to become independent. Even if 10' of snow fell here, I would find myself a little inconvenienced going back and forth to the barn but I would surely live thru it. So what if the local gas station is closed. So what if the mall is closed. These places do not dictate to my survival in this world. Frankly, if there is that much snow laying on the ground, I don't need to be out driving around in it. There is nowhere in this world I need to be so badly that it would require me to drive in 10' of snow.
So, instead of worrying about how bad the next round of snow is going to be, think about what seeds you need to be starting soon. Get thinking about the coming spring and the new planting season. Whip up some home made bread and a big pot of chili and wait for the snow melt!
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